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Pro Bowl's future hinges on effort of players

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 02:37 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

<br />SPT - New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) of the AFC nearly picks off a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) of the NFC during first-half action of the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl football game on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.    (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).<br />

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said the NFL players understand their performance has to improve in Sunday's Pro Bowl for the annual all-star game to continue.

"I think the message is clear," Tillman said today at a press conference. "The quality of the play has to be better than it was last year. For those guys playing Sunday, I think the message is very clear: we have to play better," said Tillman, who is playing in his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

Kickoff for the nationally televised game is 2 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.

The NFL considered doing away with the Pro Bowl after the 2012 game suffered from lackluster play but agreed to continue the game this year on a trial basis.

Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, said the league expects them to play with something approaching the level that earned them appearances in the Pro Bowl.

In 2012, Anderson said, the performance "wasn't up to our brand or what our fans deserved."

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kainalu wrote:
Roger Goodell is a joke. He's always talking about the "fans". The Pro Bowl is a fan favorite, it has very little to do with the competitivenes of the game. It's about the entire NFL experience for the fans primarily stuck out in the middle-of-the-Pacific. The game always sells out, always has it's fair share of viewers - what's the problem? It's suppose to be an reward for the players not another day at the office. And as it turns out, a huge reward for the fans. Ask most of the fans that go - it's the experience - not the game. The NFL is uniquely American, yet the Commadant schedules regular-season games in Canada, when there's USA non-NFL cities that would gladly love to host a regular-season game - like Honolulu. Commadant Goodell even has London on the list of potential future Super Bowls! Are you kidding me? Go where the sun don't shine, Goodell!
on January 22,2013 | 04:06PM
st1d wrote:
to ask players to risk career ending injuries for insignificant sums is a bit much. the owners should award the winning conference the right to hold the super bowl the next year. the owners would be motivated to award more compensation to the players in the pro bowl in the hopes of their conference winning that right. bidding for the super bowl rights should include bonuses for the winning players.

you may get increased competition and television interest in the pro bowl with this formula.

on January 22,2013 | 04:18PM
kailua000 wrote:
they are not required to come. If they dont want to play, stay home.
on January 22,2013 | 06:56PM
chuck4664 wrote:
cancel the pro bowl and have a NFL fan expo for 3 days at the convention center with a block party like the UFC expo in las vegas. Fans will love this, get close to the players, have all kind of booths, fun for all ages and the normal guy can attend.
on January 22,2013 | 06:11PM
Tony96822 wrote:
Thought the already canceled the Slow Bowl.
on January 22,2013 | 07:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Someone started the movement to cancel The Pro Bowl and The Abercrombie Administration did not help by talking of getting rid of it. Did the HTA do any hard numbers to see if Hawaii benefits from The Pro Bowl, including national recognition that would help with tourist activity throughout the year? If there were any numbers, then where are they? To help, we have tickets to The Pro Bowl.
on January 22,2013 | 10:15PM
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